Reserve Assistant Placement - Portmore Lough

Thursday 16 January 2020
Vacancy type:
Office and administration, Practical conservation, Internships, Letter writing and campaigning
Portmore Lough

What we're looking for

Portmore Lough Nature Reserve is managed as a key recovery area for lapwing and other breeding wading birds in Northern Ireland. The reserve comprises of 286 Hectares of open water, reedbeds, fen, wet grassland and wet woodland. This mosaic of wetland habitats provides perfect opportunities for the survival of breeding lapwing, snipe, redshank, and Irish hare. It also provides an ideal home for a large variety of plants, other birdlife and invertebrates. The reserve requires a lot of work to maintain and continuously improve it, and as such, working here gives a great opportunity to acquire a wide range of essential habitat management, people interaction and wildlife surveying skills.

The skills you need

Due to the remoteness of Portmore Lough and the need to travel to other areas as part of a long term placement, we will only accept applications from those who can drive and preferably have their own transport. In addition you will need to have: The ability to work co-operatively Enthusiasm for the role The ability and willingness to carry out strenuous practical work on the reserve on a regular basis in all weathers. A keen interest in conservation and natural history. The ability to maintain confidential information.

Your time

Full Time
All year round

What's in it for you?

This role has been developed to be flexible in its structure to accommodate as far as practicable, students looking for both short and long-term placements, either on a residential or non-residential basis. Examples of the types of experience and areas of work that you could be involved in are: Practical habitat management of wet grassland, reedbed and fen, keeping them in prime condition for breeding wading birds and wildfowl, as well as a range of other species. Assisting with biological surveys for a range of different species and habitats. Maintaining reserve infrastructure, including fences, paths and visitor facilities. Helping with visitor engagement, reserve events, visits from school groups. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to assist with conservation work at other reserves, including Montiagh's Moss and Lough Beg and other RSPB work areas as needed. All applicants will be interviewed to ensure that our offer can match the requirements of the student, regarding projects and experience. RSPB is an active and exciting conservation charity, the largest bird conservation charity in Europe. We can give you a valuable insight into our work and you will become part of a growing team of staff and volunteers, getting the chance to use and develop your interests, as well as meeting new people and developing skills. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to gain practical experience within the conservation sector.

How to apply


Colin Graham, Portmore Lough
Tel: 02892 651936


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could join us.

Reference number 8934